The bingo business has suffered deeply from a major decline in players over the last few years. Consolidations, closings, and severely lowered charitable earnings have plagued the industry. What has been the cause of the industry collapse? (Yes, besides the fact that their core consumer base found “Murder, She Wrote” too edgy and violent.)
(And to think Skip’s deal as Pall Mall pitchman was just about to close!)
The NEW YORK TIMES picks up the meme covered elsewhere recently: if bingo players can’t smoke because of new anti-smoking laws, they don’t want to play bingo anymore. They’ll go to Indian reservations, get online, cross state lines, or just sit quietly with a tiny fire in their hand and wait to die.
We don’t see why the cigarette companies caved on the whole “cigarettes are addictive” matter. Not at all.
Charitable donations have dropped drastically since smoking bans have been enacted in each state. Even when they attend, the smokers (possibly as much as 75% of the bingo-playing population) are irritated at having to find a free space to smoke outside:
““You’ve got to get up and down, up and down, to go out and smoke,” said Judy Aiello, 53, who has played bingo at the Blue Devils parlor for about 20 years.”
Apparently, the only people more irritated than bloggers about exercise are chain-smoking bingo players. That’s why we had one of these installed in Mom and Dad’s basement:
We feel much more productive now. Also, it’s for business purposes, so it’s tax-deductible.